As any privileged identity management news site – or indeed, any software news site – will tell you, privilege identity management has become an absolutely vital necessity to protect the infrastructure of computer systems. This has become even more of a priority in the light of the growing trend toward moving physical servers into locations which exist solely in the realm of the virtual world. This is happening more and more in the world of business due to the fact that virtual servers offer many major benefits such as a considerable savings in cost, but also poses some challenges and risks because it means that users must have admin rights to be able to operate on the platform in the virtual environment.
The access that users are granted in the virtual environment can be taken advantage of by hackers which can result in the serious comprising of important company data and the integrity of the network as a whole. Needless to say, this can result in serious problems for any business and so the need for security in the virtual environment is of absolutely paramount importance. Unfortunately, that need for security can often end up using all the savings that were being made by the use of the virtual machine rather than a physical server in the first place. Even without hackers or malware or viruses, even too many people having admin rights to the virtual environment can become a big problem. Because users who have admin privileges are allowed to do things such as disposing of security settings without initializing sufficient privilege identity management, introduce unlicensed software to the network and even change the configuration of the desktop, this will also affect any and all applications that are operated by that machine. Businesses must therefore carefully consider just who really does need such access to their virtual platforms and this is where privileged identity management comes in, securing admin rights only to the hypervisor and also ensuring that compliance needs are all met. This is particularly crucial for companies who may be dealing with some very sensitive information.
Virtual platforms are an extraordinary innovation and can be a great boon to businesses, being more cost effective and convenient, but the correct procedures must be implemented via the best possible software in order to ensure that the virtual environments are protected against any serious threats to their security.